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Apple iPad already popular at Airports says Boingo Wireless

JohnnyApple

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How popular is the iPad at airports already? Well, it's right behind the iPhone as far as devices that access the internet that aren't full "laptops". Pretty good for only being out for 5 days or so :) Here's the full quote from Boingo:

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, which operates a network of Wi-Fi access points, reported Wednesday that the Apple iPad--four days after launch--is now the second most popular, non-laptop device accessing its airport network. The firm said iPads have displaced Android devices as the second most popular device. The most popular, non-laptop device, with 90 percent of connections at Boingo's airports, is the Apple iPhone. Android phones only represent 2.5 percent of accesses to the firm's airport networks.

Source: Boingo Wireless: iPad Already Popular Device At Airports | socalTECH.com
 

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I'm not surprised that the iPad has become this popular among travelers, but I AM surprised it has achieved this level so quickly. I would never have guessed it would happen this fast.
 

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I can believe this and it wouldn't surprise to see this device number 1 in a few months. As more specialized apps come out for the iPad, the less you'll need a notebook when traveling.
 

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Before we get all gaga about this, there is not sufficient data provided to actually draw any conclusions other than when People go to an airport they have their IPHONE and its turned on. They automatically seek a network if you check the weather or basically do anything that requries external data. Its not an activity that the user generally executes.

As to the IPAD, having lived with mine since April 3 I like it and it has a lot of features I like but its still not a replacement for a laptop if you have real computing to perform. Its great for reading, casual email, web searches etc, but it is not going to be running a NASTRAN model or playing WOW any time soon.

It does what it does very well but the continual euphoria about how the IPAD is replacing the laptop is just ill advised. At least for now. When it comes with a keyboard, mouse, HDMI ports, USB ports and can run any Winapp then I will start considering it as a replacement for my laptop.
 

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